[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 3/16/16

Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 19:56:11 PDT 2016


Today 35 of us enjoyed a great day at Nisqually! The weather was
pretty good, a bit overcast at the start, but it cleared later in the
day. We had a 12.1 high tide at 12:06 PM so we had mostly water from
the estuary boardwalk.

The day started with 4 pair of HOODED MERGANSERS at the visitor center
and proceeded to get better. In the orchard we had multiple
access road we saw the first of several RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS. We saw a
female RUFOUS along the slough near the woodland stub.

On the down side the GREAT HORNED OWLS have abandoned the nest site
after almost 3 months on it. A bit disheartening but you never know.
We also dipped on the RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.

We also had a pair of WOOD DUCKS exploring the trees inside the
boardwalk near the start on the twin barns side. The female seemed to
be investigating a possible nest cavity and the male just showed off.

We saw a female RUDDY DUCK inside the new dike and from the end of the
estuary boardwalk we spotted BLACK BRANT, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and

On the reptile side we saw a couple of balls of GARTER SNAKES on the
bank of the slough near the hummingbird sign along the Nisqually River
side. We also had 3 TURTLES on the pond at the visitor center as we
were leaving.

For the day I had 61 species and now have 87 for the year.

Mammals seen included BLACK-TAILED DEER and HARBOR SEALS.

Until next week.....

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Lacey, WA

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